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The Rock Dwayne Johnson Explains – That’s Why There Was No MMA Career!

✔ "Considered going to Japan to train"

Actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson once wanted to start a career in MMA. Now he shares the reason why it never happened!

Johnson signed with the wrestling organization WWE in 1996, after not being drafted by any NFL team. The dream of becoming an American football player never came true, but despite that, he became incredibly successful in just a few years.

The wrestling career was not a major success at first. This led him to consider moving to Japan, with the aim of training MMA and then competing in the sport.

Now the Hollywood star shares what exactly prevented him from taking the step to Japan for MMA training!

Fun for journalist to dream up the scenarios if I had competed in @ufc (there was a point in 1997 where I considered going to Japan to train to begin an MMA career when my wrestling career was failing miserably). Realized quick I actually hate being punched in the kisser ????

The Rock has also said that he “would have his face smashed and prefer the jaw as it is.” The year in question was a massive milestone for the sport, as it was the first year that the legendary organization Pride FC organized an event. This led to an explosive development for MMA and opened the doors for other similar organizations.

Johnson is a big fan of the sport and has a long history with the UFC, whose athletes he says he truly respects. He has recently entered into a partnership with the organization and was also the one who gave the BMF belt to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.


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